Agenda

This is a draft version of the agenda; please check back often for updates. A PDF agenda is available here.

*Note: Administrators participate in the main program except as noted in the Administrative Program.

  • Registration Open

    Pre-Function Hallway
  • Welcome

    Moderator: Ian Blair, Ph.D., Director, Penn SRP Research & Training Center, University of Pennsylvania

    Speaker: J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., EVP, University of Pennsylvania Health System and Dean, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Speaker: Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D., Dean, University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts & Science (SAS)

    Speaker (video): Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) & National Toxicology Program (NTP)

    Speaker: William Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, NIEHS, Superfund Research Program, and Center for Risk and Integrated Sciences

    Millennium Hall
  • Invited Plenary Speaker: Joe Shaw, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

    Moderator: Richard Woychik, Ph.D., Deputy Director, NIEHS

    Title: “Mapping the chemosphere: Understanding our chemical world to improve human health and the environment”

    Millennium Hall
  • Scientific Session 1: Understanding Environmental Exposures Using Big Data Approaches

    Moderator(s): Stefano Monti, PhD (Research Support Core Leader; Boston University and Melis Onel, MS (PhD Trainee; Texas A 7 M University

    Presenters:

    • Daniel Nomura, PhD (Project Leader; University of California-Berkeley)
      • Chemoproteomic Platforms for Mapping Proteome-Wide Reactivity of Environmental Chemicals
    • Andrew Morris, PhD (Director, Research Support Core and co-PI Project 1; University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program)
      • Lipidomic analysis of PCB induced hepatic steatosis
    • Gabrielle Black (PhD Trainee; University of California-Davis)
      • Identifying compounds originating from consumer products in sewage sludge utilizing effects-directed, non-targeted LC-qTOF-MS/MS
    • Jennifer Guelfo, PhD (Postdoc; Brown University)
      • A Risk-based Geospatial Framework to Evaluate Sources of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Groundwater Impacts
    • Kathryn Demanelis, PhD (Postdoc; University of Chicago)
      • The impact of arsenic exposure on whole blood DNA methylation: an epigenome-wide study of Bangladeshi adults
    Millennium Hall
  • Break

  • Poster Session 1

    Commonwealth Halls A & B and Pre-function Hallway
  • Dinner

    Millennium Hall
  • Main Meeting Registration

    Pre-function Hallway
  • Invited Plenary Speaker: Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D., David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Genetics and Biology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

    Moderator: Ian Blair, Ph.D., Director, Penn SRP Research & Training Center, University of Pennsylvania

    Title: “Genomic Adaptation to Diverse Environments in Africa”

    Millennium Hall
  • Scientific Session 2:  Fundamental Research for Innovation and Environmental Health

    Moderators:  Courtney Kozul-Horvath (Karen Wetterhahn Alumni, Novartis)and Kelly Fader (PhD Trainee; Michigan State University)

    Presenters:

    • Eric Uwimana (PhD Trainee; University of Iowa)
      • Chiral Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Are Metabolized to Hydroxylated Metabolites by Human CYP2A6, CYP2B6 and CYP2E1
    • Ralph Pietrofesa, MSSP,MPH, MBE (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2016; MS Trainee, University of Pennsylvania)
      • The Synthetic Lignan Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside (LGM2605) Prevents Copper Oxide Nanoparticle-Induced Damage in Murine Macrophages
    • Tess Leuthner (PhD Trainee; Duke University)
      • Adaptation to cadmium reveals variation in germline mitochondrial genome mutation rates
    • Reginald McNulty, PhD (Postdoc; University of California-San Diego)
      • Elucidating the Structure and Mechanism of Toxicant-induced Inflammasome Activation
    • Anne Nigra (PhD Trainee; Columbia University)
      • Decline in arsenic exposure in the United States from 2003 to 2014: the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level
    Millennium Hall
  • Break

  • Scientific Session 3:  Environmental impacts in ecosystems

    Moderators:  Stephania Cormier (Director, Louisiana State University Superfund Research Center) and Ray Yeager (Postdoc; University of Louisville)

    Presenters:

    • Mark Hahn, PhD (Project Leader; Boston University)
      • Molecular Ecology at Superfund Sites:  Application of Population Genomics and Genome Editing to Understand Genetic Mechanisms of Adaptation Following Multi-Generational Exposure to Chemical Mixtures
    • Jordan Kozal (PhD Trainee; Duke University)
      • Cross-Generational Exposure to Benzo(A)Pyrene Affects Metabolic Plasticity and Thermal Stress Response Capacity
    • James Minick (PhD Trainee; Oregon State University)
      • A Passive Sampling Model to Predict PAH Levels In Butter Clams, A Traditional Food Source For Native American Tribes of The Salish Sea Region
    • James Sanders (PhD Trainee; R01; University of Maryland-Baltimore)
      • Development of a Novel Equilibrium Passive Sampling Strategy for Methylmercury in Sediment and Soil Porewaters
    • Aditi Sengupta, PhD (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2016; Postdoc; University of Arizona)
      • Microbial Assembly Processes in Marginal Soils
    Millennium Hall
  • Lunch

    Millennium Hall
  • Scientific Session 4: Contaminant Fate and Transpor

    Moderators: Raina Maier (Center Director; University of Arizona) and TBD

    Presenters:

    • Livia Capaldi (MS Trainee; Dartmouth College)
      • Understanding the Fate of Legacy Mercury Contamination in the Floodplain in Berlin, New Hampshire
    • Pamela Barrett, PhD (Post-Doc; University of Washington)
      • Mobility of Arsenic from Sediments and Bioaccumulation in Aquatic Food Webs in Contaminated Lakes in the Puget Sound Lowland
    • Ali Seiphoori, PhD (Postdoc; University of Pennsylvania)
      • Direct Observation and Determination of the Mechanisms Governing Mobility of Asbestos in Porous Media
    • Steven Chow (PhD Trainee; R01; Johns Hopkins University)
      • Characterization of a Model Reactive Barrier for in Situ Bioremediation of Chlorobenzenes at Anaerobic-Aerobic Groundwater Interfaces
    • Renee Wurth, PhD (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2016; Postdoc; Northeastern University)
      • Research and Translation of Water Quality and Equity in California
    Millennium Hall
  • Wetterhahn Award Presentation

    Millennium Hall
  • Poster Session 2

    Commonwealth Halls A/B Pre-function Hallway
  • Directors/PI Meeting (Current P42, R01 and R25 Directors)

    Speaker: Jed R. Bullock, Legislative Liaison, NIEHS

    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Dinner on your own or as part of the following groups:

    • Directors’ Dinner (includes P42 Center Directors, R01 and R25 Principal Investigators)
    • RTC-CEC Dinner
    • Trainees’ Dinners
    • Administrators’ Dinner

    (See this webpage for details; pre-registration required)

  • Training Core Leaders sub-meeting

    Commonwealth Hall D
  • Invited Plenary Speaker: Madeleine L. Scammell, D.Sc., Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University, School of Public Health

    Moderator:  Joseph “Chip” Hughes Jr, M.P.H.,  Director, Worker Education and Training Program, (WETP), National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

    Title: “The Mystery of Mesoamerican Nephropathy: Transdisciplinary research in response to a public health crisis”

    Millennium Hall
  • Scientific Session 5Emerging and re-emerging Superfund Issues

    Moderators: Bruce Stanton (Center Director; Dartmouth College) and Elena Craft (Karen Wetterhahn Alumni; Environmental Defense Fund)

    Presenters:

    • Jennifer Horney (CE Core Leader; Texas A & M)
      • Challenges in Assessing Risk from Exposure to Water and Soil Contaminated by Hurricane Harvey Flooding
    • Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD (P42 RT Core Leader; Boston University)
      • Volatile PCB Health Risk: Living Next to the Largest Marine Superfund Site in the USA
    • Alicia Timme-Laragy, PhD (Karen Wetterhahn Alumni; Assistant Professor; University of Massachusetts Amherst)
      • Embryonic Exposures to Perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS) Impair Growth and Pancreatic Organogenesis in the Zebrafish, Danio Rerio
    • Diana Ceballos-Ochoa (Co-PI R25; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
      • Preliminary Assessment of Surface Metal Contamination at an Electronics Recycling Facility that only Performed Sorting and Refurbishing
    • Sara Flanagan (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2016; PhD Trainee; Columbia University)
      • Targeted Outreach to Promote Private Well Testing and Identify Unsafe Arsenic Wells
    Millennium Hall
  • Break

  • Scientific Session 6: Advances in determining susceptibility to Superfund contaminants

    Moderators: Peter Raynor (R25, University of Minnesota) and Nishad Jayasundara (Karen Wetterhahn Award Alumni; University of Maine)

    Presenters:

    • Michael Petriello (Postdoc; University of Kentucky)
      • Serum levels of dioxin-like pollutants are positively associated with the cardiometabolic disease risk biomarker Trimethylamine-N-oxide in leaner women residing in Anniston, Alabama
    • Peter Dornbos (PhD Trainee; Michigan State University)
      • Identification of Genetic Modulators of TCDD-induced B-cell Dysfunction using a Population-Based Approach
    • Jessica Laine (KC Donnelly Award Winner 2016; Postdoc; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
      • Investigation of Nutritional Biomarkers Associated with Metabolism of Inorganic Arsenic and Infant Birthweight
    • Kevin Hsu (PhD Trainee; Dartmouth College)
      • Adult mice exposed in utero to arsenic via maternal drinking water exhibit enhanced inflammatory and immunopathologic responses to acute influenza A infection
    • Juliette Aka (Postdoc; University of Pennsylvania)
      • Biosynthesis of Estrogens in Mesothelioma Cancer Cells and Effect on Cell Growth
    Millennium Hall
  • Awards and Closing Comments

    Millennium Hall
  • Registration

    Pre-function Hallway
    (2nd Floor)
  • Welcome/Introduction

    William Suk, PhD, MPH, Director, NIEHS Superfund Research Program

    Danielle Carlin, PhD, Program Administrator, NIEHS Superfund Research Program

    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Public Speaking

    Intro: Liwei Weng, PhD, University of Pennsylvania Superfund Research Program, Project 6

    Moderator: Ali Seiphoori, PhD, Penn SRP, Project 2

    • Speaker: Lisa Marshall, MA, Communication professional
      Title:  “Effective Science Presentations”
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Break

  • Scientific Writing

    Intro: Kevin Gillespie, Doctoral Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Superfund Research Program, Project 6

    Moderator: Mitchell Cheung, PhD, Penn SRP, Project 4 (Fox Chase Cancer Ctr)

    • Speaker: Dr. Judith Swan, Associate Director, Writing in Science and Engineering, Princeton Writing Program, Princeton University
      Title:  “Effective Scientific Communication” — Writing from the Readers’ Perspective”
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Working Lunch / SRP Alumni Career Panel

    Intro: Sam Hofbauer, University of Pennsylvania Superfund Research Program, Project 6

    Moderator: Craig Menges, PhD, University of Pennsylvania Superfund Research Program,, Project 4 (Fox Chase Cancer Center)

    • Courtney Horvath-Kozul, Ph.D., DABT, Genzyme/Sanofi/Novartis, Preclinical Safety Global Coordinator
    • Brad Newsome, Ph.D., Health Scientist, AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, NIH Office of the Director
    • Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, PhD, Assistant. Professor, University of Arizona, Soil, Water & Environmental Science
    • Jim Rice, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist, Gradient, Inc.
    • Britt Dahlberg, Ph.D. Director, Center for Applied History, Chemical Heritage Foundation
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Professional Introduction and Networking

    Moderators: Bruce Stanton (P42 Center Director; Dartmouth College) and Thomas Sheahan (Training Core Leader; Northeastern)

    Academia:

    • Nishad Jayasundara, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Maine
    • Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
    • Alicia R Timme-Laragy, PhD, Assistant Professor, University Massachusetts, Amherst
    • Vivien Taylor, PhD, Research Associate, Dartmouth College

    Government:

    • Bradley Newsome, PhD, Program Administrator – NIH/NHLBI
    • Danielle Carlin, PhD, Program Administrator – NIH/NIEHS

    Industry:

    • Courtney Kozul-Horvath, PhD, Preclinical Researcher, Novartis
    • Kathleen “Karrie” Radloff, PhD, Environmental Engineer, Gradient Inc.
    • James W. Rice, PhD, Environmental Scientist, Gradient Inc.

    Other:

    • Elena Craft, PhD, Environmental Defense Fund
    • Andres Cardenas, PhD, Postdoc, Harvard University
    • Vanessa De La Rosa, PhD, Postdoc, Silent Spring Institute
    Millennium Hall
  • Research Translation / Community Engagement / Training Collaborative Session

    Title: AdvancingRisk Communication Panel

    Moderator: Richard Pepino, MSS, MS, Director, Research Translation Core, Penn SRP Research and Training Center, University of Pennsylvania

    Panelists:

    • Jonathan Essoka, 3rd, PhD, Deputy Associate Director, Office of State and Watershed Departments, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Sara Flanagan, KC Donnelly Externship 2016 Award Trainee, Columbia University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Community Engagement Core (CEC)
    • Dan Romer, PhD, Research Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center; Director, Adolescent Communication Institute (ACI), University of Pennsylvania
    • Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware River Keeper Network
    Commonwealth Halls C & D
  • Reconvene to Main Program

    Millennium Hall
  • Registration

    Pre-function Hallway
    (2nd Floor)
  • Welcome/Introduction

    Michelle Heacock, PhD, Program Administrator, NIEHS Superfund Research Program

    Brittany Trottier, MPH, Health Specialist, NIEHS Superfund Research Program

    Commonwealth Hall D
  • Kristi Pettibone, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, NIEHS

    Title: ”Introduction to Translational Framework”

    Commonwealth Hall D
  • Session 1: BoRit Superfund Site Comes to Philadelphia

    A snapshot of what it has been like to live and work with the Ambler BoRit Superfund site

    Moderator: Edward A. Emmett, MD, Director, Penn SRP CEC

    Presenters:

    • Bob Adams, Co-Chair BoRit Community Advisory Group (CAG)
    • Sharon Vargas, Former Business Owner and Resident of West Ambler, Co-Chair BoRit CAG
    • Fred Conner, Township Commissioner, Whitpain Township
    • Lora Werner, MPH, Regional Director Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Commonwealth Hall D
  • Break

  • Session 2: Disaster  Preparedness and Public Health Challenges 

    Moderator: Phil Brown, PhD, RTC and CEC co-director, PROTECT/Puerto Rico Test Site to Explore Contamination Threats

    Presenters

    • Carmen Milagros Velez Vega, PhD, MSW, Chair, Social Sciences Department, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, School of Public Health
    • Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
    • Aubrey Miller, M.D., MPH, Senior Medical Advisor, National Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIEHS)
    • Joseph “Chip” Hughes Jr. MPH, Director, Worker Education and Training Program, (WETP), National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
    Commonwealth Hall D
  • Lunch

    Commonwealth Hall D
  • RT/CE Poster Session

    Pre-function Hallway
    (2nd Floor)
  • Research Translation / Community Engagement / Training Collaborative Session

    Title: Advancing Risk Communication Panel

    Moderator: Richard Pepino, MSS, MS, Director, Research Translation Core, Penn SRP Research and Training Center, University of Pennsylvania

    Panelists:

    • Jonathan Essoka, 3rd, PhD, Deputy Associate Director, Office of State and Watershed Departments, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Sara Flanagan, KC Donnelly Externship 2016 Award Trainee, Columbia University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Community Engagement Core (CEC)
    • Dan Romer, PhD, Research Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center; Director, Adolescent Communication Institute (ACI), University of Pennsylvania
    • Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware River Keeper Network
    Commonwealth Halls C & D
  • Reconvene to Main Program

    Millennium Hall
  • Registration

    Pre-Function Hallway
  • Administrator Session 1

    Moderator: Shawn Tucker, Research Program Coordinator, Oregon State University SRP Program

    Introductions and Welcome

    New Administrator Introductions

    Sign-up for one-on-one sessions with Grants Management Staff (GMS)

    Commonwealth Hall
  • Registration

    Pre-Function Hallway
  • 15 min one-on-one sessions with NIEHS Grants Management Staff (GMS) staff 

    Lisa Archer Edwards and Bryann Benton

    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Administrator Session 2

    Led by:  NIEHS Program Staff : Danielle Carlin, PhD, Michelle Heacock, PhD, Heather Henry, PhD, Brittany Trottier; MDB Inc Staff: Maureen Avakian, Sara Amolegbe

    • Program Highlights from November 30th Administrators Call **(RPPR, Annual Updates, iEdison, Human Subjects
    • MDB Inc. and Data Collection Tool
    • Grant Review Process: Janice Allen, PhD, and Laura Thomas, PhD, Scientific Review Branch (SRB)
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Break

  • Administrator Session 3

    Led by Lisa Archer Edwards and Bryann Benton, NIEHS GMS Staff

    • NIH/NIEHS Updates
    • Carryover Policy & Requests
    • Electronic Carryover guidelines/process
    • Questions/Comments from Administrators’ Group
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Lunch

    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Administrator Session 4

    • Brittany Trottier, M.P.H., Health Specialist, NIEHS
    • Updates in the NIEHS CareerTrac System
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Reconvene to Main Program

    Millennium Hall
  • 15 min one-on-one sessions with NIEHS GMS staff Lisa Archer Edwards and Bryann Benton

    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Administrator Session 5

    Led by Mindy Sickels Sterbenz, Research Support Manager, Iowa Superfund Research Program

    • Discussion on cost principles and selected item costs
    • Case Studies
    • Sub-award tracking
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Break

  • Administrator Session 6 (Part I)

    Led by Shawn Tucker, Research Program Coordinator, Oregon State University SRP Program

    • Annual SRP Meeting 2018 – Preliminary Planning and Brainstorming
    • Election of 2018 Administrator Chair & Co-Chair
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Administrator Session 6 (Part II)

    Led by Shawn Tucker

    • Best Practices Group Discussions (15 min each)
    • Topic 1: New Human Subjects/Clinical Trials application forms – Mindy Sickels Sterbenz, Research Support Manager, Iowa Superfund Research Program
    • Topic 2: iEdison – Jennifer Moore, Program Coordinator, University of Kentucky SRP Program
    • Topic 3: eRA Commons and Trainees
    Commonwealth Hall C
  • Reconvene to Main Program

    Millennium Hall